Standing outside this exquisite cathedral one cannot be anything but amazed by its incredible beauty, and yet on walking to the right one sees the ugly unfinished Duomo Nuovo extension, a dramatic reminder that man preposes and God disposes, as the Black Death stopped any further building of this great Cathedral that was meant to rival even St. Peter's in Rome.
Entrance into the Cathedral is E3.00 and is worth every penny. The hugh black and white striped pillars running the length of the church are the first thing to catch the eye, then the huge very dark paintings on the walls, the sculptures of the heads of popes high up on the walls running the length of the main aisle, the ceilings, the main altar itself and the exquisitely carved Pisano pulpit depicting scenes from the life of Christ.
On the left side as you look at the altar is the Libreria with its breathtaking brightly painted frescoes, its magnificent ceiling and the huge choir books on display.
One can spend a great length of time in this magnificient Cathedral & I cannot adequately describe its incredible beauty. You will have to make the visit to see for yourself.
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